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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BWW Review: A 1976 Attack in Washington Square Park Inspires DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT by Michael Dale

Despite its provocative title, and despite a game effort by director Scott Elliott's ensemble cast, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's fact-inspired drama DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT, is a bit of a bore.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

BWW Review: The Public Theater's Mobile Unit Offers A Free THE WINTER'S TALE by Michael Dale

Before every performance by The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, the audience is reminded of Joseph Papp's credo that the plays of William Shakespeare belong to everyone. The theatre pioneer cr…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

BWW Review: Tina Landau Spins Seaweed Into Gold With SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS by Michael Dale

Feel free to lavish director Tina Landau with a flood of praise for spinning seaweed into gold with SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, the hyperactive new musical based on the long-running Nickelodeon a…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BWW Review: Michael Arden Stages ONCE ON THIS ISLAND With a Nod To The Dangers of Climate Change by Michael Dale

While there's nary a mention of global warming or human-made climate change in Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens', captivating and joyous Caribbean story-theatre musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, …

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

BWW Review: Lesli Margherita's a Riot in Matthew Lombardo's Grinch Spoof WHO'S HOLIDAY by Michael Dale

Don't be fooled. That familiar-sounding melody played at the top of Matthew Lombardo's hilariously subversive WHO'S HOLIDAY is not Welcome Christmas, the joyous chorale from the beloved t…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

BWW Review: Beau Willimon's THE PARISIAN WOMAN Has Uma Thurman Seeking Pleasure and Power in Trump's Washington by Michael Dale

Donald Trump hadn't even won his first Republican primary when Henri Becque's comedy of sexual liberation, LA PARISIENNE, created such an uproar at it's 1895 Paris premiere. But while the c…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

BWW Review: Steve Martin's Hilarious METEOR SHOWER is Undiluted Surrealist Vaudeville by Michael Dale

They say communication is the key to a successful relationship. They also say there's such a thing as overdoing it.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotic Holiday Treat NUTCRACKER ROUGE Christens Their New Brooklyn Home by Michael Dale

For over a decade, the unquestionably brilliant directorchoreographer Austin McCormick's Company XIV has been dazzling audiences with unexpected wonders.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

BWW Review: Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Finalist THE WOLVES Moves To Lincoln Center by Michael Dale

The almost completely circular, arena style seating of Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater makes it a perfect venue for The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's 2017 Pulitzer finalist drama about …

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

BWW Review: Jocelyn Bioh's SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Addresses Issues of Beauty and Skin Tone by Michael Dale

Though the teenage girls at the center of Jocelyn Bioh's endearing and poignant SCHOOL GIRLS OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY all have wonderful qualities that should be appreciated and nurtu…

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BWW Review: SECRET SUPPER: THE MUSICAL Takes A Meta Look At Attending Social Events by Michael Dale

With the audience seated family style at several long tables, director Andrew Neisler seats the actors at elevated places around the perimeter. As they talk across the room to each other, i…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BWW Review: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Is Like Walking In A Melisma Wonderland by Michael Dale

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS which really could be called Home For Christmas since that's the only holiday mentioned is a 90-minute concert starring three vocalists who first gained fame by winni…

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

BWW Review: Lisa Lampanelli's Poignant and Funny STUFFED Explores Body Image and Relationships With Food by Michael Dale

Though her aggressive style of dishing out insults has earned her the title of standup comedy's Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli comes somewhat closer to being the Empress of Empathy in her co…

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BWW Review: Christopher Wheeldon Stages a Thrilling City Center Mounting of Lerner and Loewe's Sumptuous BRIGADOON by Michael Dale

Like the city where it was born and nurtured, the American musical play differs from similar stage entertainments because it was developed by a combination of cultures merging into a unique …

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

BWW Review: Julie Taymor Directs Revised Version of David Henry Hwang's Tony Winner M. BUTTERFLY by Michael Dale

When David Henry Hwang's 1988 Best Play Tony-winner M. BUTTERFLY, inspired by the romance between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Peking opera singer Shi Pei Pu, who the Frenchman didn…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BWW Review: Trump Administration Brings Greater Relevance To John Leguizamo's LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS by Michael Dale

When John Leguizamo's poignant, provocative and, yes, downright hilarious LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS premiered at The Public Theater in March of this year, a country that was created by white …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BWW Review: One Says Consensual, The Other Says Rape in Anna Ziegler's ACTUALLY by Michael Dale

Sex is sex and rape is rape. That's the cut and dry explanation we often hear nowadays. And while there are obvious instances where any reasonable person would determine that rape has occu…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

BWW Review: Everett Quinton is a Master of The Ridiculous in Charles Ludlam's CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE or WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE by Michael Dale

To watch New York stage treasure Everett Quinton engaged in his classic brand of silliness - or, to be more accurate, ridiculousness - is just as fulfilling a cultural experience as watching…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

BWW Review: David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' Captivating THE BAND'S VISIT Moves To Broadway by Michael Dale

If there were any concerns that David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' exquisitely melodic and introspective musical, THE BAND'S VISIT would have lost any of its understated beauty while moving from…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BWW Review: Julia Cho's Urgent and Sensitive OFFICE HOUR Calls For Compassion To Combat Gun Violence by Michael Dale

he sudden act of violence that occurs early on in on Julia Cho's urgent and sensitive drama OFFICE HOUR, is certainly not unexpected. The opening scene sets up the audience to be prepared f…

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BWW Review: David Greenspan Flies Solo in Eugene O'Neill's STRANGE INTERLUDE by Michael Dale

To give credit where it's due, Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer-winning STRANGE INTERLUDE is perhaps the best play imaginable about women's sexuality that could have been written by a 35-year-old A…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BWW Review: Bryce Pinkham and Denee Benton Mix Love and Politics in MasterVoices' OF THEE I SING by Michael Dale

Back in 1931, when the firm Kaufman, Ryskind, Gershwin amp Gershwin had the novel idea to infuse that stodgy old musictheatre entertainment, the Broadway operetta, with the jauntiness of sho…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

BWW Review: Matthew Bourne Brings Screen Dance Classic THE RED SHOES To The Stage by Michael Dale

As anyone who has ever seen A CHORUS LINE will tell you, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's screen classic THE RED SHOES has been tantalizing young dancers with dreams of ballet stardom…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

BWW Review: Steven Pasquale Deals To Deceive in Ayad Akhtar's Wall Street Drama, JUNK by Michael Dale

To the average working stiffs among us, money is a tangible thing. We can count it by the number of dead presidents in our wallets and the reasonably manageable digits in our modest portfol…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BWW Review: Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton Sizzle in Film Adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's HELLO AGAIN by Michael Dale

Date movie would be too tepid a phrase to describe director Tom Gustafson's sizzling film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's tensely erotic 1993 musical drama, HELLO AGAIN. The term f…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BWW Review: Jason Alexander and Sherie Rene Scott as Would-Be Lovers in John Patrick Shanley's THE PORTUGUESE KID by Michael Dale

If the spot-on hilarity of first scene of directorplaywright John Patrick Shanley's THE PORTUGUESE KID could be replicated for the play's remaining three-quarters, this review would be happi…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

BWW Review: Luis Alfaro's OEDIPUS EL REY Adapts a Classic Text Into a Contemporary Commentary by Michael Dale

When Sophocles' OEDIPUS REX was first performed over 400 years B.C., the Greek chorus that opened the play wore the traditional identical masks. But in Luis Alfaro's contemporary adaptation,…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

BWW Review: Cristin Milioti Makes An Unusual Emotional Connection in Zoe Kazan's AFTER THE BLAST by Michael Dale

As societies in post-apocalyptic stories go, the one envisioned by playwright Zoe Kazan in her insightful relationship drama AFTER THE BLAST, seems to have it pretty good.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BWW Review: Stephen Adly Guirgis' JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN Gains New Relevance In The Era of Alternative Facts by Michael Dale

The term 'alternative facts' wasn't part of the popular lexicon when Stephen Adly Guirgis' superb drama of public morality and personal convictions, JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN premiered in 2…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

BWW Review: Robert Cuccioli and Jill Paice Star in Gerard Alessandrini's ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE THEATER: THE SONGS OF MAURY YESTON by Michael Dale

It was thirty-five years ago when FORBIDDEN BROADWAY's genius creatorlyricist Gerard Alessandrini first collaborated, so to speak, with Tony-winning composerlyricist Maury Yeston. That's wh…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

BWW Review: Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl Sing Out Triumphantly in Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG by Michael Dale

'We opened for an eight-week limited engagement and could not give a ticket away for three weeks.' That's how Harvey Fierstein described the giant leap of faith that, in 1981, brought a t…

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